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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-17-10 11:08 PM
Response to Reply #192
200. you continue to misrepresent my posts, my position, & the facts.
traditionally school districts did not contract services out to private companies, they provided them in-house, using personnel hired & paid directly by the district or government:

including food service, janitorial, maintenance, transportation, health, curriculum, human resources, accounting, and facilities.

the use of private contractors to provide these services is a recent development, in detroit & elsewhere, & it is coincident with the rise of charter schools as a "solution".

even now, after years of assault by neo-liberal privatizers (like those running the makinac center) 58% of michigan school districts still provide three of the major non-education services (busing, janitorial, food) IN-HOUSE, let alone contract out education or personnel services.

http://detnews.com/article/20090604/SCHOOLS/906040414/B...

your (unsupported) claim that dps currently has "thousands" of private vendors is thus completely beside the point.

first, because a "vendor" is something different from a "contractor" (a school may use one "vendor" to buy paper from & another to buy scotch tape from, so what?), & second because "now" is not 5 years ago, or 10 years ago, or 20 years ago.

i repeat: traditionally, school districts did not contract even major non-education services out, let alone THEIR PERSONNEL, FACILITIES, & CURRICULUM.

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